Good Lies?


Pic of the day. part i: La Trappistine, by Alfons Mucha

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All too willingly man sees himself as the centre of the universe, as something not belonging to the rest of nature but standing apart as a different and higher being. Many people cling to this error and remain deaf to the wisest command ever given by a sage, the famous “Know thyself” inscribed in the temple of Delphi.

Konrad Lorenz,  On Aggression

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Silly season in American politics is a wonderful time, when fans on all sides of the political divide completely lose their minds and pass off the most egregious lies they can about everything they can.  Which says a lot about American politics, because that crap happens all the damn time.

All sides here, both Romney and Obama’s camps are putting out what can only be called lies about each other.  Romney can’t get a damn thing right about the Affordable health care act, and the Obama campaign seems to love making claims about Romney and Bain that are a stretch at the very least.

Now, if I can find the truth in less than a minute on the net, so can everyone else.

So, if we can so easily find out what really is going on, why do they lie?

Short answer:  Because they can.

Slightly less short answer:  Because they can. Because they are basically speaking to their own people, and don’t care much about what the other side thinks, because those bastards won’t vote for (fill in your candidates name here) anyway, so the hell with’em.

Less short answer:  The lies they tell might be…well… lies, but they tell a story, create a narrative.  And storytelling is something that is vitally important in politics, and that narrative is more important than the fact that some of the things said are not truthful.  Lies can be forgiven by the faithful because they are told at the expense of the person being lied about, who is bad enough a person that  that lie could be true, if he had had the opportunity to do the deed, whatever it is.

So the next time Mitt tells one of his outlandish lump of shit lies about the ACA, or when the President or one of his people pass off something less than legit, understand that it is actually told in the service of that candidates greater good, or what passes for that.

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Now that doesn’t mean that slanted messaging on either side is all that bad of a thing.  That slant is there to talk to people of a particular slant, that’s where the word “slanted” in this context comes from.

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So, should the fact that your candidate is completely full of shit stop you from voting for them?  Of course not.  Everyone in this country who has anything to do with politics is full of shit.  If you want to vote for someone who isn’t full of shit, go to… go to… fuck, I have no idea where they have people who run for office who aren’t completely full of shit.

If you can find politicians that aren’t full of shit, chances are you’re full of shit too.

If you think the place you get your news isn’t full of shit, chances are you’re full of shit too.

If you believe every good thing anyone says about your candidate, yep, yer full a’ shit.

If you think every bad word said about your candidate is horrible and wrong or at the very least improper and needs to be redressed by you in some way, there you are again, being full of shit.

Says the guy who is about as full of shit as one can be and not live on a toilet.

🙂

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This election, like every election, is about money.  Who will get more of it, who will control it, and where it will be spent.  I personally believe that a Republican victory would be a victory for the fundamentalists from the Chicago school of economics whose vision for the world is, from my perspective, evil.  It is based on the freedom for the rich to get richer by any means necessary and for the rest of us to get screwed.  Their system wasn’t built for anyone who doesn’t have a ton of money.  If you’re a have not, you don’t count to the Republican robber barons.

Milton Friedman, the man who gave birth to that Un-American school of economic thought, was the antichrist and the best thing anyone can say about him is that he is thankfully dead.  Though he still lives through the theories he perpetuated, which is worse than having him actually walking the earth.

It’s a truism:  You can’t kill an idea.

Not even a bad one.

Fundamentalism is evil, it is always evil no matter what form it takes.  Capitalist fundamentalism is as harmful to the American dream as Communist fundamentalism, as christian fundamentalism, and as Islamic fundamentalism is.

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Pic of the day, part ii:  Dance, by Alfons Mucha

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Which is more damaging to modern humanity: the thirst for money or consuming haste… in either case, fear plays a very important role: the fear of being overtaken by one’s competitors, the fear of becoming poor, the fear of making wrong decisions or the fear of not being up to snuff.

Konrad Lorenz, Civilized Man’s Eight Deadly Sins

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

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